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Ultras: The Passion and Performance of Contemporary Football Fandom

Mark Doidge, Radoslaw Kossakowski, and Svenja Mintert


Since their emergence in Italy in 1968, ultras have become the most dominant style of football fandom in the world. Since its inception, the ultras style has spread from Southern Europe across North Africa to Northern and Eastern Europe, South East Asia and North America. This book argues that ultras are an important site of enquiry into understanding contemporary society. They are a passionate, politically engaged collective that base their identity around a form of consumption (football) that links to modern notions of identity like masculinity and nationalism. The book seeks to make a clear ... More

Keywords: ultras, football fandom, performance, emotion, social movements, gender, violence, hooliganism, politics, social media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526127624
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526127631


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Doidge, author
University of Brighton

Radoslaw Kossakowski, author
University of Gdansk

Svenja Mintert, author
Fresenius University